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i want you to check out the website. we'll post an image this week and then send in your guesses. we'll have this conversation. you can e-mail us, sanjayguptamd@cnn.com. if you missed any part of today's show, check my podcast. and remember, as i said, this is the place for the answers for all of your medical questions. we're dedicated to that. thanks for watching. i'm dr. sanjay gupta. more news on cnn starts right now. hey, everybody, from the cnn center in atlanta georgia, this is "cnn sunday morning." it's 8:00 a.m. in atlanta, georgia, where we sit. and it's 7:00 a.m. in gun barrel, texas. >> that's a real city. >> thank you for joining us. i am betty nguyen. we have a rare and public apology. senate majority leader harry
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reid apologized to the president after a new book released. you can post your comments, what you think about all of it. we will be reading the responses on the air. again, can you go to the facebook and twitter sites or reach out to us on our blog. airport security, one of the president's top priorities, how will travelers be protected in the future? we will show you some of the screening devices and how some are upsetting some travelers. a strong earthquake hit northern california, around eureka, california. it had several after shocks.
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some as strong as 4.5. not a lot of serious injures to report or serious damage, but the power was knocked out to some 20,000 people. there were water line breaks and broken windows, but no serious injuries to report. a machine gun attack on their bus on friday. it happened near the border of angola. as many as three people are dead including an assistant coach. the team was on its way to the african cup of the nation's tournament. and now rescued, but his friends were trapped under the ice. and then a new book "game
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change" claims harry reid privately said candidate obama had a good shot at getting nominated thanks to his skin and a lack of a negro dialect also he wants to have one. >> it looks like at least for now in terms of his position as the top democrat in the senate, it looks like he is okay. the biggest problem for senator reid is his own viability just as a senator. he is in a tough battle. this election year, and just today a new poll in his home state came out showing he is not well liked.
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his favorability readings are low. people know him very well back home and the majority don't like him. he trails three potential republican candidates. the biggest problem for him is he is already fighting for his political life to win his seat in the senate, and this is another, in the words of one of his supporters, just another straw to break the camal's back. >> and this is what obama has said about this. a bomber, a jordanian doctor was supposed to be providing
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information about some of the leaders. and in a video we are just seeing this weekend that was released by the taliban in pakistan, humam khalil abu mulal al balawi is sitting next to the new head in pakistan. he also said in the video his faith was not for sale. that is raising questions about the cia's ability to penetrate militant terrorists groups. i wanted to bring in a man that knows this stuff inside and out, peter, always good to see you so much. how much success has the u.s. had in the past in trying to turn these al qaeda guys, to try and get guys to serve as a double agent? was this a major failure and somebody dropped the ball, or have these things worked in the
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past? >> one of the most successful approaches in the past is not turning double agents, but doing plea bargains with al qaeda insiders that then sing like canaries. the best example of this was in 2008. one is cooperating with the feds and giving a great deal of information. the cia recruiting double agents is highly unusual. >> was this maybe a case where this guy fell in the lap and tried to use the method, or do you think u.s. intelligent officials will try a new approach to see if this kind of thing can work down the road? >> i think it's hard to find people that are privy to inside information. these highly motivated people
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inside al qaeda. the only way you get them to turn is if they are facing life in prison, in an american super maximum prison, and then they do a plea bargain and they start talking. >> now in the video, let's turn to balawi. he is saying this attack was revenge for the killing of the former pakistan leader, ma sue. he was killed in a drone attack. and people constantly refer to the drone attacks to the worse kept secrets for the cia. how affective has the u.s. drone attacks been in the years past? >> since president obama has been in office, there has been
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55, depending on your count, of these drone attacks in pakistan. that's more than the entire number of drone attacks with president bush. president bush amped up the program in 2008. the program has been effect if by taking the key leaders, the cia triple agent says he is making revenge for, and, you know, quite a number of top leaders in the al qaeda were killed. i calculated a quarter of the victims are civilians. >> is that the downside -- excuse me for sojumping in. still, is that the downside there in that you are going to have some of the collateral
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damage if you will with civilians? and also some are saying they could be more effective if you go after a different area. the so-called region that has not been touched where so many of the militants are believed to be? >> drone strikes in blew shawn may happen. they seem to be able to live with that because a number of the strikes are directed at the pakistani taliban that are attacking the pakistani government. and a quarter of the casualty of being civilians are probably the most rigorous out there. some people say only 10% are civilians and others say it's 80%. we can have a debate, is a quarter too high? is it worth it? certainly somebody like the leader of the pakistani leader
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was killed with his second wife and father-in-law. and the man we see in the picture was responsible for the deaths of pakistani civilians, which is a calculation that should also enter into this, t. j. >> you answered my last question there for me. maybe there is no answer, but maybe just a debate. what is an acceptable of civilian casualties? some say none, and some say it's worth it. thank you, again. enjoy the rest of your sunday, buddy. when the second storm hit, i felt torn out. i was like, stressing. >> stressing, poor kid. you know it's bad when the kids are stressing out over the weather. plus, which government agencies are working to keep us safe? we hope all of them are, but we
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look at the snow in nebraska. people have a major cleanup job on their hands. some cars cannot get out from under the snow. >> they are having a problem or two in all places, florida. it's freezing there. it might be getting worse? >> yes, we are looking at record low temperatures anticipated for tonight. in florida it will dip down into the 20s for several hours. that's bad news for the citrus crops in florida, because sustained temperatures, six
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hours or 28 degrees will freeze the fruit out there. not what folks want to hear. in florida, and daytona beach, it looks like a beautiful morning. this time yesterday we were tracking sleet and snow in the beautiful beaches of daytona. the temperature now, 34 degrees. it's a cold one. not too far away according to our friends on twitter, we have a pick of snow in ocala. just to let you know what is ahead for tonight. low temperatures across the southeast will be some of the coldest numbers we have seen all week. 17 degrees in atlanta. in tampa, the temperature dips to 29 degrees. tampa, sarasota, the normal high
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is between 70 and 73, and so we reached them reach the coldest high temperatures ever. we saw incredible records due to the cold snap that is not over yet. we are looking at some improvements in the forecast as we go through the next few days. we have good news starting off with chicago. we will look for some improvements in the forecast. temperatures will warm up. we are looking at better conditions there. to let you know, we are not alone, the southeast is not the only place feeling the cold air. this morning it's cold across new england. we have a current temperature in boston. football, at fox sports today at 1:00, it will be 22 degrees with the windchill factor of 10. the cold is in the southeast and
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the homeland security secretary, janet napolitano, has a job to tackle all kinds of
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different roles. >> it's what is supposed to be the flow of information. do you want to see how complicated the dhs is. forget about the words. the big box at the top, the big one at the top is the secretary's office. everything else there is a different agent shs a unique agency that falls under dhs. and this is the way the homeland security system is working in america. see all the different agencies, right? it's not that this reports to this and then up to secretary. instead, every single agency that you see here reports inlandly, all of them, directly to the office of the secretary of homeland security. now, i want you to see how many different people and jurisdictions we are talking
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about. more than 87,000 federal state and local jurisdictions make up homeland security here in america. 230,000 employees fall under dhs. and that means all the different agencies, more than two dozen that these officials represent. and you have the tsa, customs and border protection, and citizen and immigration services, and immigration and customs enforcement, fema, and the secret service, and the coast guard. all of that today is what we are talking about when we see the huge web of agencies. not only is there information sharing among them but they are all reporting to the secretary of homeland security. it's up to that level to figure out how the different agencies are going to share the information and do so in a way that gets everything quickly where it needs to be.
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that's part of the challenge we are talking about when we see president obama and also homeland security secretary, janet napolitano, saying they will tackle the web, guys. >> that's big, and thank you. we have been talking about harry reid apologizing to the president of the united states because he said that he was light skinned, and i am quoting, lacked a negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one. he is not denying he said them, but is apologizing them. >> we are asking for your comments on that so be sure and send them in to us. >> we have a second to share just a couple. i will just read it. it's right from here. i will read this from norma johnson. she says i am african-american
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and i think what harry reid said is absolutely correct. we just don't want to discuss it in public. another distraction from the real issues facing the country including lack of good health care, the president accepted his apology, so let's move on. >> people agree with what harry reid said, but just know that it's uncomfortable for what people to hear sometimes. >> so what? good is the benchmark. a lot of people are saying while unfortunate and a lot of people saying they disagree, and some were saying these were honest comments and observations. >> and race is such a hot button topic, and amazing just some of the comments we are reading and amazing it's coming out in the
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new book. >> the book is not out until tuesday. it's fascinating to see the different opinions on this. let us know what you think about harry reid's comments, go to the facebook or twitter sight, and we have the full article posted on there and the response from president obama as well. stay with us for that. we have severe weather we have been talking about this morning. across the country we will look at what different parts of the country are dealing with. >> and new details on the cia bomber. wellbeing. we're all striving for it. purina cat chow helps you nuture it in your cat... with a full family of excellent nutrition... and helpful resources. ♪ purina cat chow. share a better life.
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some of the top stories this morning. police in vermont are warning people to stay off frozen lakes after a deadly snowmobile accident. a man, his daughter and granddaughter all killed when the snowmobiles broke through a thin sheet of ice. they were riding with other people when the accident happened and the other three survived. in atlanta, three teenagers fell through the ice. two of the teens were killed and the third has been hospitalized. the survivor was able to pull
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himself out of the water, and his friends got trapped under the ice for nearly an hour. the cia is vowing not to let the killing of seven of its employees in afghanistan derail their mission to stop al qaeda's terrorists activities. a video shows the double agent vowing revenge for the killing of a taliban leader. that's him on the right. in an editorial in the "washington post," pennetta says this is a reminder we are at war. and budget cuts on a scale. it's a different story when you put faces to those affected. >> we go to maryland where state budget cuts are hitting the most vulnerable. >> reporter: 4-year-old carson brewster has trouble caring for
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herself. >> she can't care for herself. she gets fed through a tube. she has over 22 doctors. >> reporter: with $13,000 in out of pocket medical expenses last year alone, supplemental funds from the state of maryland has been essential to her family's survival for years. faced with a $700 million shortfall, maryland cut $30 million from the state's developmental disabilities administration. for the brewsters, that means painful decisions. the extra help for things like diapers and medication and physical therapy dropped from $2,500 to just $300. >> reporter: what does that mean for you? >> a struggle. a struggle to figure out how we are going to -- how to help our daughter and make sure that we
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have the monies to make sure our other children get help, too. me and my husband can wait, and our kids can't. that's what it's all about. >> reporter: outraged by the state's action, advocates for the disabled launched a statewide campaign. >> i don't think people realize how this can totally devastate your family. >> reporter: every cut hurts somebody, but they defend the governor's decision. >> he was able to protect services for people with disability through most of the cutting rounds. the decisions are not easy anymore. >> reporter: state budget troubles could be having far reaching impact on residents. >> the public is definitely going to feel it. they will pay more taxes.
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they will pay higher fees. >> reporter: with a $2 billion shortfall projected in maryland for 2011, brewster says she has no idea what is in store for her family's financial future, and she only hopes more cuts are not on the horizon for her daughter and so many others. >> they did not ask to be disabled. we are not asking for a hand out, just for a little help. that's it. high-tech body scanners, they may be coming to an airport near you. >> yeah, get ready to take off more than you already do at the airport. we will take a look at the next generation of security screening being called for by the president. t we're using fedex to ship globally, i have to learn all the countries again, so i brought in kyle as a consultant. did you know that we have customers in czechoslovakia? actually, it's called the czech republic. yes, kyle, you're a lifesaver. without kyle, i never would have heard of that new country called buttheadistan.
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welcome back to the "cnn sunday morning." i am t. j. holmes.
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>> and i am betty nguyen. senator harry reid is apologizing to the president of the united states after racial remarks that he said in the campaign came out in a new book. he said candidate obama had a good shot due to his light skinned looks, and his negro dialect. he says this. >> the president has come out and said he does accept his apology. and the earthquake, a 6.5 magnitude quake, followed by several after shocks. luckily no injures were
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reported. you can imagine everything that fell out of the cabinets because of the earthquake. power has been knocked out. the father of the so-called balloon boy is defending himself against allegations that the drama was a publicity stunt. richard heene said his son had taken off in the balloon but pleaded guilty to prevent his wife from being deported off to japan. he begins his 90-day sentence tomorrow. words are coming back to haunt senate majority leader, harry reid. >> yeah, he made private remarks about barack obama. john, we have terrorism, and health care, and we have all this other stuff to be worried
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about, and this seems to have come out of nowhere. how big of a distraction are we talking this will be? >> i think they will move on from this quickly. it's an important point. and harry reid is 70 years old, and you wonder why he would use this language? he is the national leader of the democratic party whose base has a significant number of african-american voters, and you would think he would be communicate in a better and shall we say a politically correct way. and he made several calls, and among them one of our analysts. we will ask her what it's like had harry reid called up to say sorry. he has a reservoir with goodwill, not only with the president but with african-americans and civil
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rights activists. he is up for re-election this year. is it a stumble back home? does it hurt him back home? he will need high african-americans and latinos to turn out and help him. >> something else that we are watching today, you have been all throughout this country, in fact on a 50-state tour of the nation. you finally went to the final stop. tell us about it. >> the 50th straight for our tour. we didn't do them in a particular order. but wyoming. we have been out there watching people sadly deal with the recession and unemployment. we have watched people about to deploy and just back from afghanistan. we have single mothers across the country, and we think it's
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helped the program. we made it our mission to connect the dots and go out to every state in the country, and we touched them all now and say when they debate things here in washington, how does it feel? does it have the impact you on they say it does here? it beat up my old body a bit, but it has been a blessing and great privilege to do it. >> that's a lot of miles to travel, but good stories. >> i lost a few pounds in the last year, and i don't know how i did that going to all of the diners. i had a good meal out there. >> you talk about connecting the dots and traveling to all of the states. a lot of the connecting of the dots talk has been about terrorism and the failure to connect the dots when it came to the christmas day attempted bombing. >> we are fortunate this morning. senator john mccain and joe
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lieberman have been going to the countries that are on the frontlines on the war in afghanistan. they talked to the government in lebanon. they are moving on to the republicic of georgia which helps us in the war on terror. they are in israel as we speak. senator lieberman is the chairman of the homeland security committee. what are they seeing on the ground as they travel through the most volatile area of the world. the president ordered a number of improvements in the airport security, and they nudged the agencies to share information in the quicker way. we have two men who have been sometimes critic of the president, but most importantly they have spent the last ten days on the frontlines talking to the government officials and talking to our military and intelligence people overseas, so we will get a great assessment
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of them about where we are and how big is the threat. >> a great host, nonetheless. john king at the top of the hour with "state of the union." don't miss it. >> we had to throw that in just for you, john. in our faces of faith here this morning, we are talking about the nigerian muslim, the one that tried to blow up the plate over detroit. our mary snow travelled to detroit, and she found muslims ready to defend both the u.s. and their religion, and that's today's faces of faith. >> reporter: inside a mosque, they are led in prayer. it's a break from what he
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describes as the shocking news that umar farouk abdulmutallab, a nigerian and muslim stands accused to blow up a airliner. >> this is an embarrassment to us as muslims and to us as nigerians. >> reporter: there is anger also within the community. what makes you anger? >> this is not the islam that i know of. >> reporter: members of the mosque joined other muslim groups on tuesday in condemning the attempted plot. but this man lives in a city home to one of the largest muslim communities. >> now we get this other terrorists attempting to blow up
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an airliner over our heads, right over the largest muslim population. we are going to sit and watch? no. our goal between now and then is to literally spread the word. >> reporter: the message? >> if they have something with america, we are americans. if they have something against america, we are muslims, and we are prepared to die for islam, just like you are. >> the reporter actually talked to him and he led a rally outside the court where abdulmutallab was arraigned on friday. 150 people showed up, most of them muslim. host: could switching to geico really save you
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today. it was so cold we are definitely seeing cold temperatures there. here is a look at the marathon. it started early this morning at 5:30. it starts at the epcot center. while today was colder, yesterday we had snow and sleet across parts of orlando and daytona beach. record cold high temperatures. these are the actual high temperatures in tampa, st. petersburg and sarasota. the normal high temperature are 72 degrees. these are the coldest highs ever. no surprise when you look at numbers like that. it's not supposed to be in the 40s for high temperatures in florida. currently we have 29 degrees in orlando. down in miami beach, just
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hovering below 50. and then while we focus on florida, low temperatures tonight will be cold for a long period of time. we are looking at what is known as a hard freeze. that means that temperatures in the region, as you see down into the orlando area specifically and into tampa, they will be around 28, 29 degrees, and that means we have temperatures sustained at that long of a period of time we are looking at damage to the citrus crops. we will have more on that coming up. stay tuned.
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all right. time for a little extra credit this morning. you know, students, a lot of people will tell you this is the best time of your life. but being young doesn't always mean being carefree. >> there are a lot of issues pressing on young minds out there this new year. now, is this your first -- this is your first segment for the new year as well. >> yes. i had two and a half weeks off. sorry guys, i am more rested. >> what is on their minds coming up this year? a lot of bad things to put behind from last year. >> yeah, we wanted to know from them what are your concerns go into 2010? this is what they had to say. >> education, i think college should be made cheaper for students. not everybody has loads of money in their pockets, and some
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people that love to study and are smart cannot afford to go to school. i would hope prices will get lower or scholarships are more typical. >> unemployment, jobs, economy, making sure you are going to school for a purpose, not just to get out of school and then be faced with not having a job, or not being able to use your education. >> a couple college students speaking to us there. it's no surprised they are concerned about their education. we did not leave it there. we tossed it back to the students at students the cnn.com. that's not the only subject we have this morning on "extra credit." >> yeah, the question came up, the subject came up, would you report a crime or fight something you knew was wrong if doing so would put you at risk? the comments we got from this
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wide range. alison said if it was something that could get me or somebody i care about hurt, i would not tell. for me it depends on what the situation is. >> that's an honest answer. >> yeah, and there were comments where people said swrus is. you have this one coming in saying if something happens even if i was at risk. a lot of them said they would not want to put their friends at risk. but some stood up said no matter what, i will report it and give it justice. >> some is it's a culture of you don't tattle tale. >> yeah, you don't want to be a snitch. >> yeah. >> glad to have you both back for the year. >> thank you. >> what was that all about?
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full body scans, more bag checks and more passenger screenings. can't wait to travel, can you. going to be a way of life after the failed attack on flight 253. >> it's not going to stop just there, because scientists are working on more creative ways to catch airline threats. >> when president obama said this. >> to develop and deploy the next generation of screening technologies. >> this is what he meant. you are looking at what one homeland security official calls a dog's nose. it's one of the developments to protect passengers from terrorists. it can sniff explosive and my newt odors from sealed
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containers. another device called a mag viz can detect explosives. a homeland security official says they are looking at thermal imaging technology that can distinguish between skin and foreign objects. >> tell me how you like working for your boss? >> i love it. it's the most fulfilling experience i ever had. looks like i am spiking. >> randy larson says he is all for research and development, but what are some of the big drawbacks of some of the technologies? >> some things work well in the laboratory in a very controlled environment when two or three people are going through a system in an hour. in an airport, we have 2,000
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screening lanes in u.s. airports, and so we have to buy a lot of them. they are very expensive. >> one official says cost is a huge component they are factoring in. he says mri technology is expensive. you cannot place that in every airport now, and they are figuring outweighs to do that. brian todd, cnn, washington. senate majority harry reid apologized to the president after a new book reveals comments about president obama. >> we will share some of your comments in just a few minutes. wow, that's a low price! wow, that's a low price! how many products do we carry? 7,000. [ man ] wow, that's a low price! i'll get him a cart. [ man ] hot diggity dog! yeah. that's a low price! [ male announcer ] staples has low prices
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we want to share some of your comments. you sent a ton in to betty and i on facebook and twitter about what harry reid said about president obama, having a better chance of winning because he was light skinned and he lacked a negro dialect. >> here is what you are saying. reid can get away from the comments because he is on the same team as the president. a republican would be hammered. fyi, i am independent. >> and spyderbite brings up something interesting, that he could have been sued. and some people are saying on both sites, even though people have taken note of this and object to it, some people say he
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is speaking the truth. >> that topic is the most sensitive we have in the country, and you just have to be politically correct. some people wish we could have an open conversation about it. a lot of us know folks that had these conversations, but to say that like that out in the open and to be a public leader in the country. >> and one facing an uphill battle, too. thank you for your comments this weekend. we always appreciate them and have more questions for you in the coming weeks. "state of the union" coming up in a moment, but first let's look at the top headlines. you will hear plenty about the details for senator majority leader apologizing for the remarks. reid privately said that candidate obama had a good

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